What's New

Jul 1

Washington, DC - On June 30th, President Obama announced that efforts to change immigration laws have failed in Congress. SEARAC joins families across the country in grave disappointment that key lawmakers in the House chose not to move forward with reforming an obsolete immigration system that does not reflect our nation’s values or our economic reality.

May 22

SEARAC is thrilled to announce the formation of the Southeast Asian American Young Men’s (SEAAYM) Collaborative. Consisting of Khmer Girls in Action (KGA), 1Love Movement, Stone Soup Fresno (SSF) and the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC), the SEAAYM Collaborative envisions a country where empowered young men are actively engaged in creating safe, healthy and thriving communities.

Apr 30

WASHINGTON, DC - The “1996 Blog” was created to draw the immigrant rights movement towards an analysis that fully encompasses the need for reform of two laws passed in 1996: the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), known as the "1996 Laws."

Apr 9

This spring, SEARAC leaders continue to fast in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other community activists around the country to emphasize the urgency of humane and fair immigration reforms, and to call on Congress and the President to stop deportation now.

Apr 4

WASHINGTON, DC - The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) stands in solidarity with communities across the country who will mobilize on Saturday, April 5th to protest aggressive immigration enforcement and high levels of deportations under the current administration.

Mar 11

SACRAMENTO, CA – For nearly two decades, Proposition 209 (Prop 209) has prevented educational, employment, and other public institutions in California from considering race as a factor in admissions and hiring—a misguided and flawed policy that has masked and proliferated significant disparities in these arenas.

Dec 5

Washington, DC –  Staff and board members of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) are fasting today in solidarity with “Fast for Families” in support of reform that allows for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, family reunification, and an end to deportations that are devastating immigrant and refugee communities.

Nov 13


Contact: Pang Houa M. Toy, panghoua@searac.org; (202) 601-2969

SEARAC Announces New Executive Director

A grassroots grown leader with national vision for change, Quyen Dinh to assume the role of SEARAC’s Executive Director on January 13, 2014

Washington, DC – The Board of Directors and staff of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) are pleased to announce that Quyen Dinh has been named Executive Director of SEARAC. Dinh brings over ten years of experience as a respected social change advocate, thoughtful nonprofit leader, sharp strategic thinker, and effective communicator. She will step into her new role on January 13, 2014.

Oct 10


October 10, 2013

Contact: Pang Houa M. Toy, panghoua@searac.org; (202) 601-2969

Community Members Call for Resources to Serve Diverse English Language Learners in California’s new Local Control Funding Formula

Sacramento, CA – The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Hmong Women’s Heritage Association (HWHA), and the Hmong, Mien, Lao Communities Action Network (HMLCAN) came together at a community forum with more than 100 parents, students, and community members to voice priorities that they want to see addressed through California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law.

Sep 27

Over the years that SEARAC has been working with community members to advocate for Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students, we’ve consistently found that the education needs of many SEAA students are often overlooked because of the “model minority myth” – a misconception that all Asian Americans excel academically and face few obstacles. This misconception overshadows the education needs of diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and often hinders efforts to address those needs.